# Apply for an Extension or Deferral
An extension is permission to hand in a piece of assessed work after the published hand-in date without incurring a penalty.
A deferral is permission to delay an attempt at a particular assessment until after the relevant assessment board has met, or for an unseen written exam, at the next scheduled examination period.
# Apply for an extension
If you require an extension on an assessment, you must apply for it in advance of your deadline.
You need to complete the form (opens new window) fully including the rationale for the request. You also need to submit third party evidence to support your request.
Extensions are not possible for timetabled exams. If you’re unable to complete your exam on the timetabled date, you will need to request a deferral.
# Apply for a deferral
If you are unable to submit by the extended deadline, you will need to apply for a deferral, which lets you delay your submission/exam until the ‘next assessment opportunity’.
You must request a deferral by completing the form (opens new window) fully including a rationale for your request, provide any evidence, and wait for this to be approved. If you do not request a deferral, you will be marked as ‘absent’.
Please be aware: deferring assessments could lead to a delay in being able to progress to the next stage of your course, or to graduate with your cohort. Please consider carefully how you choose to manage your assessments. For further information please see FAQs on the Student Portal (opens new window).
# Get further guidance and support
Check our Student Portal page (opens new window) for further guidance on applying for an extension / deferral and FAQs on assessments.